The Roanoke Park Place Tavern (2409 10th Ave. E, 324-5882) is a classic sports bar, if there is such a thing in Seattle. It's also one of those neighborhood joints where the half dozen or so people at the bar expect to recognize everyone who comes through the door. Don't let the incredulous gazes intimidate you. Pull up a stool -- the locals are harmless. But on Sundays they bleed blue and green.
Competition: San Francisco 49ers
Score: 33-30. San Francisco. In overtime. A real West Coast battle of wills. The Hawks looked like they had it made, ahead 20-3, until the 49ers got it together in the third, tied it up after an interception, and pulled ahead in the fourth. The crowd at the Roanoke went uncharacteristically quiet.
Number of TVs: Four, including one in the back surrounded by some very loungeable bench seats.
Pitcher of Coors Light: $11. Micros: $14.50.
Burger and Tim's chips: $7
Food/drink specials: Nada.
School Spirit Level: Plenty of jersey-wearers in the house and plenty of others willing to cheer with enthusiasm when the Hawks give them something to shout about.
MVP: The guy in the lemon-yellow shirt pounding out the beat to "We Will Rock You" on the bar.
Overheard: "Sack his sorry ass." and "They're not going to win. We should leave before this place gets ugly."
Bonus: If you have a couple of non-football types in tow, don't panic. Send them out back to play ping-pong.
And another thing:
I'll be in SF for the Hawks/49ers rematch Oct. 26. Bring it on, Blue and Green. Not in our house, baby!